LOCAL

Falle named SEC's top freshman

Parkview grad Marah Falle, a forward on the University of Georgia women's soccer team, was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Falle scored the game-winning goal in a win over No. 15 Florida and had the game-tying goal against No. 12 South Carolina to force overtime. The Bulldogs won both games.

Lions' Rivers, North's Dimercurio named runners of the week

Peachtree Ridge's Matt Rivers and North Gwinnett's Nicole Dimercurio were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches.

Rivers won the Peachtree Ridge Invitational with a time of 16 minutes, 4 seconds and Dimercurio won the Peachtree Ridge Invitational with a mark of 18:44.

Georgia Force home-school team wins

The Georgia Force home-school football team, made up of local high school students, defeated the Bartow County Generals 62-6 this past weekend at Suwanee's George Pierce Park.

The Force (3-0) started well with Chris Powell's 38-yard interception return for a touchdown and then Powell's 32-yard scoring run. Quarterback Michael Francis had two rushing TDs, a kickoff return TD and scoring passes to Nick Mauney (67 yards) and Blake Bowers (41 yards).

Clint Cooper and B.J. Ballard shared PAT duties, while Alex Umstead and Zach Webber also scored for the Force.

Killian Hill second at Florida tourney

Killian Hill Christian's boys soccer team placed second in the Clearwater Christian College Tournament last weekend.

The Cougars defeated Wilmington Christian (N.C.) 5-0 and Berean Christian (Fla.) 5-0 before falling to Seffner Christian (Fla.) 3-2. Matt Tewes, Zach Brownfield and Nick Williams made the all-tournament team for Killian Hill (11-1). Brownfield scored four goals in the tourney.

Covenant Christian football wins big

Covenant Christian's football team defeated Upson Christian 52-22 this past weekend. The Cougars host Heritage of Sharpsburg on Friday for their homecoming game.

Arnold makes hole-in-one

Mill Creek track coach Jerry Arnold made a hole-in-one this past weekend in the Hamilton Mill Golf Club senior club championship. Arnold used a 6-iron to ace No. 4, a 150-yard hole. It is his fourth career ace.

Lions' Ballard on Coaches Corner

Peachtree Ridge head football coach Bill Ballard is this week's guest on "Coaches Corner," a local high school sports TV show.

The show also will honor Berkmar football as team of the week, Buford's Twoey Hosch as player of the week and the Buford 11-year-olds as GFL team of the week.

"Coaches Corner" airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and Thursdays at 7 and 8 p.m. on Charter Channel 19.

Play-by-Play Advertising also will air a tape-delay broadcast of South Gwinnett-Grayson as its North Atlanta game of the week. The game will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. on Charter.

NATIONAL

Olympic discus great Oerter dies at 71

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Al Oerter was destined to become an athlete, although he often wondered what he might have been if not for a chance meeting with a discus.

'I could throw a baseball, a football or a golf ball a country mile,' Oerter told the Associated Press in an interview last year. 'It was just easy to throw anything.'

The discus great who won gold medals in four straight Olympics to become one of track and field's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s, died Monday of heart failure, less than two weeks after his 71st birthday.

Oerter won gold medals in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968. Oerter and Carl Lewis are the only track and field stars to capture the same event in four consecutive Olympics. Oerter, however, is the only one to set an Olympic record in each of his victories.